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Evil Twin Hop Flood - Evil Twin Brewing

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85
very good

356 Ratings
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85
very good

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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 5
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2012

Amber IPA
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Ratings: 356 | Reviews: 56
Reviews by LambicPentameter:
Photo of LambicPentameter
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes after drinking on 1/22/14. Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with a bottling date of 12/9/13 stamped on the base of the neck in yellow ink. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler glass.

Appearance - Body is a beautiful dark burgundy hue with a slight haze to it. the light has trouble penetrating, but not entirely, allowing for some rust colored highlights down at the bottom of the glass, far away from the massive three-finger head shadowing the liquid. Foam is khaki colored and resembles Lorraine swiss cheese as the bubbles begin to grow and expand. Retention is outstanding, and after about five minutes, there is still a healthy two fingers of foam, with a pillowy, uneven surface that looks like melting meringue pie topping. Lacing is pronounced and leaves mottled sheets along the sides of the glass.

Smell - Surprising notes of citrus, with grapefruit flesh and orange zest coming through at first, as well as less acidic notes of herbs like thyme and basil. After the initial hop characteristics are some profiles more expected from a brown ale, with lightly toasted malt and a slightly-sweet nutty component.

Taste - Here, the blending of style expectations continues, as the citrus is still present, but in a less aggressive form. Grapefruit is the predominant element, but it's more of a bitterness than the citric acid freshness you might get from fresh fruit. Here, the earthy grains and nuttiness are more present, but not in a way that overpowers the hoppy herbal characteristics. Some brown sugar and caramel malt is detected as well.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate-to-high carbonation, with a dry finish that has just a kiss of grainy sweetness lingering on the palate.

Overall, a very unique beer for which the style "American Brown Ale" doesn't quite do justice. This one is far more complex and interesting that most brown ales I've had, and it isn't just a hop bomb, as the name implies. The hops are a wonderful complement to the nutty, malty flavor profiles.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
2.81/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: A very cloudy, medium copper. An average pour produces three fingers of thick, rocky foam. the head is long lasting and sticky.

S: A moderate citrus hops that is kind of flat quickly followed by a medicinal note that blends with a grassy dry hopped aroma. A bit of tropical fruit comes though in the hops aroma after it warms. There isn't much malt aroma what little is there smells of clean sweetness. There is light fruitiness and moderately-light alcohol aroma.

T: The moderately-strong tropical fruit hops flavor and strong hops bitterness are front and center on this beer although they are muted showing signs of age. The malt provides enough malt to support the hops and brings a light caramel flavor. There is a little bit of an herbaceous note and a light alcohol sweetness. The balance is fairly bitter and the aftertaste is of citrus hops and lingering bitterness. A slight bit of phenols come through in the flavor as well a slight vinegar flavor.

M: medium bodied with a moderately-strong carbonation. There is a light hops rerived astringency.

O: Well even after the flaws that could be from an infected bottle I might try and find a fresh bottle of this in the future because the underling beer is still pretty good.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

I purchased this today - it was bottled five months ago.
Light herbal notes announce a muted hop nose.
Big rocky finely bubbled lightly tan tinted off-white head tops a hazy dark amber to light brown column of beer.
The palate offers some dark sugars, dark caramel, with some malt notes seasoned by citrus rind and fresh cut grass from the hops that grow slightly astringent in the finish to end in a long lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.
The body is medium full with medium carbonation. the carbonation is soft.
The beer is very good but 5 months is a little old for a big hop beer.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into DFH footed pint glass; ruddy chestnut brown with a massive fluffy tan head that sticks around for a long time, and leaves great piebald lacing as it descends into a thick puck of foam topping.
Smells of crisp bitter piney and herbal hops, some citrus rind, and dry bread malt.
Taste follows nose very well; crisp pine and citrus rind hops mix very well with dry brown malt, bit of nuttiness.
Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied and crisp, semi-dry finish with lots of lingering bitterness.
Overall, this is definitely a surprise. I usually avoid brown ales because I find them boring and generally lacking in flavor, but this one is different. Lots of hop flavor that works very well with the malt.

Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - this is an apparent ode to certain stocks of Danish beer that failed to survive a typical regional flood.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark bronzed amber hue, with three fat fingers of densely puffy, rocky, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves a decent array of sudsy spray pattern lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of bready, crackery caramel malt, a pleasant oily nuttiness, and rather acrid pine and citrus rind hops, if somewhat muddled in their origin stories. The taste is more nicely supportive caramel and toffee-flecked malt, wet brown bread, flaky bar-top nuts, and still perky pine resin, orange and grapefruit pith citrus, and leafy, weedy hops.

The bubbles are pretty tight in their rendering, and way beyond yer basic frothiness, the body a decently solid medium weight, and so-so in the smoothness department. It finishes off-dry, sure, the bready caramel malt keeping my attention via various palate-grabs, while the heady west coast American hops seem incapable of finding another venue to display their youthful vigour - s'alright by me.

A pleasantly hopful and hopeful IPA disguised as a brown/red/amber ale, whatever, this just seems to work, all the furor and sturm und drang of the hops well met by the bigger than expected malt contingent. If you're a fan of fair and balanced IPAs, and the general aiding of beer in need, give this one a go.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recent bottle from Lakeview Liquor, Chicago. A Danish style ale, also well hopped by American style citrus orange hops. Not too bitter, but the balance is leaning that way, with juicy orange ipa on the finish that contains some sweetness. Decent drinkability, but still overpriced. Cloudy. A tad above average mouthfeel.

Photo of beerinabottle
4.66/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A red ale with a good hop edge. Great lingering taste.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.17/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Specialty Beer Cellar. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance - Deep brown. Murky. Medium off white head. Great lacing. Well retained.

Smell - Very piney and grassy. Lots of deep caramel. Almost chocolatey.

Taste - Aggressive grassy hops. Intense caramel body. Grassy hops come back aggrwssively. Extremely bitter.

Mouthfeel - Heavy body. Excessively bitter. Difficult to drink.

Overall - Tastes ok, but this pint will take me forever.

Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent & slightly hazed caramel/orange with a pinky of cream colored head. Never clears up, very good lacing & head retention

S: Pineapple, leafy hops & grapefruit

T: Follows the nose, plus breadyness, some pineyness & a little bit of caramel & boozeyness up front. More leafy & woody hops as this warms & just a little bit of brown sugar dryness/sweetness, plus boozeyness. Finishes dry with woody hops, boozeyness & a little pineapple

MF: Medium bodied, creamy carbonation, some sticky notes

A nice hoppy brown, bordering on amber

Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Poured a massively murky red-brown with a two finger khaki colored head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, dark chocolate, caramel, and caramel hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, citrus, citrus hop, and pine resin. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. If I am completely honest the dark chocolate aspect on this one was really quite a pleasant surprise. It really added a nice layer to the complexity going on in this one and tied the citrus aspect into the roastiness going on here. I’ve been trying to tick as many Evil Twin brews as possible and so far have been fairly impressed. This one is not an exception. I suggest you give this one a shot for yourself if you get the chance.

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a thick, full and rich light khaki head.

Nose is pure sweet dark chocolate with undertones of cherry and light pineapple. Really nice.

Mouthfeel is rich, full and bold and well balanced.

Flavor profile is a giant blast of bitter hop that goes to an assertive burnt toast and burnt chocolate that quiets down for a second and then goes to a big bitter pine/bitter lemon skin finish.

This is probably one of the best Evil Twin I've had. Big, big all around. I want this one with BBQ, grilled meats rich dishes. Nice.

Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours dark amber with a small head.
Nose shows sweet caramel malt with a bit of a bready note. Some spicy and piny hops.
More rich malt as a flavour. Loads of pine and spicy hop again. Finishes with an aggressive, sharp bitterness.
Great moderately high carbonation.

Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Dark copper brown body, with some very fine carbonation. Head is tan yellow and a nice four fingers tall. Big small swiss cheese retention, and some speckled lacing as it settles. Real nice color and take on an IPA.

Light juice tropical hop aromas abound. Not much malt sensations, but some faint candy caramel and toffee comes out a bit. Hints of treacle and molasses slightly.

Palate comes with a nice hop forward quality. Toasty bread crust and warm grapefruit hop action trickles in nicely in the mid palate. Good thick hop bitterness, even a little bit of a black pepper finish with a resiny coating. Light hints of caramel, as the hops move forward.

Overall not bad, pretty straightforward and solid.

Photo of Westyn
3.01/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Good at hiding the alcohol content, but I feel like a lot of the cedar notes mask the rest of the flavors this could have.

Photo of jsanford
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a recommendation from Scott at CBX. Poured into a Tulip Glass.

Pours a dark mahogany with a dense mocha head that fades to a craggy haze, leaving lots of soapy lacing. Intense hop aromas of pine resin, grapefruit, orange peel, and pineapple with a solidly sweet coffee and roasted nut malt backbone. More resinous hops with a nice caramel, amber, roasted nut, and chocolate malt profile. Very fresh, pungent hops. Balanced and delicious, right up there with Sublimely Self-Righteous. Smooth mouthfeel, a bit creamy, with a medium body and good carbonation. Overall an incredibly delicious Black/Brown IPA, this was a nice suggestion. Thanks Scott!

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a dark, hazy, ruddy brown amber. A half finger light brown head dissipates rather quickly to a film and ring around the glass, with great lacing. Aroma dominated by piney and citrus hops with light dark malt and a hint of caramel. Flavor is a neutral malt developing pine hops, finishing somewhat dry and hop bitter. A slightly astringent aftertaste fleetingly on the finish due to not being supported by the low key malt flavor. The hops are interesting, but not bright and fresh. Medium to heavy bodied with decent creaminess. An interesting take on a brown ale, although I would hope for more distinctly flavored malt and hop elements.

Photo of Amalak
4.48/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Beer Street in Williamsburg, BK.

A. Looks like brown/caramel mud. Thick in its opaqueness with sediment. Nice foamy tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

S. Fantastic malty dark fruit scent, with a hint of charcoal in the back.

T. Very flavorful. It has a bit of caramel and a bit of bitterness. Some fruitiness like a watermelon. Malty and thick, with mild carbonation. Has a coffee taste at the end.

M. The aftertaste is a bit off, a bit sour. But not enough to detract from the brew as a whole.

O. This is one of those interesting beers that changes as it rolls over the palate. I thoroughly enjoyed this.

Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy very dark amber in color and has lots of visible particulates floating in suspension near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a half finger high beige head that died down, but left a coating of bubbles running down the sides of the glass and a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pine resin hops and biscuit and caramel malts are present in the nose along with some faint hints of citrus.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but starts off with hints of initial sweetness from the biscuit and caramel malts, which is then followed by increasing notes of piney hops and a light amount of corresponding bitterness, the latter of which is most noticeable towards the finish and aftertaste
M: It feels medium-bodied and quite malty on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The hops lend some crispness to the mouthfeel.
O: This beer has a really nice balance between the malts and hops, having a heavy dose of both. I liked its bold flavors, but think this would probably be best suited as a beer for the winter months given its fuller body nature.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of WineGuy3000
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Quick review. Firstly, I love the carbonation here. It matches the slightly heavier body & creates some nice drinkability. I like the color as well, this is a good looking brew. That's about all that I like. To me, the flavor is completely out of balance - the absurd hop-bitterness & lingering woody notes dominate the palate so completely that any of the more nuanced flavors are rendered undetectable. The name is fitting, but to call this an amber might be a bit of a stretch given the flavor profile. I'd love to know the IBU on this puppy.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Short Review, I had few samples of this one and I didn't care for it too much, it just seemed too malty for the style and I wish the hop profile was nicer and showed up more. It's not bad, but it's far and away for being a stand out example of the style. I don't think I would buy this unless I knew it was pretty fresh.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - A nice bouquet of head well over an inch with excellent lacing. A dark hazy amber brown with some sediment on the bottom so I am not sure of the age.
S - Smell is rather hoppy with a strong malt base. Not too sweet or skunky so hopefully it taste good.
T - Not bad very malt forward so I assume I got an old bottle. Says best by 2015 so I think by then it would be flavorless. Very little actual hop or citrus hop taste. Just taste like an average IPA.
M - Light to medium not overly smooth but not terrible.

Overall I guess this is why my bottle shop marked it down from 15 bucks, to 8 bucks, then put it on the 5 dollar shelf. Over 6 months old doesn't make for a good IPA.

Photo of CHickman
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 4/9/14: Pours light chestnut brown with reddish hints and has a ton of sediment floating in it that looks like a picture of a snow globe; foamy 1 finger light tan colored head that has a ton of bubbles in it and faded extremely slowly, leaving excellent foamy lace coating the sides and creamy layer on top. Looked like a great IPA or stout out of the bottle, very impressive overall.

Smells of fresh citrus hops and grapefruit up front, followed by bread crust, caramel, lemon zest, graham cracker and malt. The malt is slightly more dominant with toasted Italian bread coming to mind, piney hops and herbs or light spices similar to dry tea leaf. Balance is pretty nice and this has a lot more bold flavors than most amber ales, I prefer hoppy brews in most styles so this scores very high in my book.

Tastes of roasted or smoked grains, toffee, burnt toast, piney hops, syrup, brown sugar, grapefruit, dry grass, lemon zest, pepper and other mild spices and something chalky which is like a very dry cracker. Flavor is much maltier than the nose, but the hops add nice balance and complexities that add sweetness and keep it interesting. The heat is evident as the 7% shows throughout, but the cracker taste lingering is like a Saltine dipped in an IPA and actually quite nice.

Mouthfeel is on the heavier side, with mild carbonation, a chewy body and a very dry finish that leaves a sweet bready taste hanging around with some nutty aspects and a yeast-like powdery coating.

I assume the hops would have stood out more if I drank this bottle 2 months ago when I bought this beer, but either way I found it really tasty and enjoyable. Another winner from Evil Twin, I urge giving it a try as it was not your standard amber ale, this was an amber zapped by gamma rays and hulked up with flavor.

Photo of liamt07
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Steve, 650ml into a tulip.

Burgundy brown, with a tan head. Light bubbles serve as retention - minimal lacing. Nose of toffee, caramel and a whole bunch of malt. Citrusy hops are peripheral, some dank pine character in the background as well. Taste has some toasty, almost lightly burnt malts, toffee/tootsie-like character and bitter citrus and pine in the back. Lighter body than the nose suggested (which is a relief), medium carbonation. A nice hoppy brown ale, light and relatively flavourful.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear dark amber in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and strong copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a very large patch of thin film covering almost the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of hops - citrus/orange, citrus/orange zest, herbal, and very light hints of pine. There is also a light amount of caramel and toasted malts underneath the hop aromas.

T: Upfront there is a just shy of moderate flavors of slightly toasted and caramel malts with barely any hints of sweetness. There are aggressive slightly stronger than moderate flavors of hops - citrus/orange, herbal, and some light hints of pine. Moderate amounts of bitterness which lingers for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp with hints of dryness in the finish.

O: As I would expect in a beer named Hop Flood, there is a very nice presence of hops in this beer which are slightly aggressive - really enjoyable from my perspective. Alcohol is well hidden and the beer is enjoyable though not the easiest drinker with the aggressive hops and bitterness.

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours darker than I expected. Maybe I just don't know what anything is supposed to look like anymore with black-browns and brown-ambers and whatever else. Anyway. Very citrusy-piney and somewhat sweet aroma. Very hoppy, again with the pine and citrus flavors, some caramel-malt sweetness, some coppery hints. Good amount of lingering bitterness.

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Evil Twin Hop Flood from Evil Twin Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.